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Post Espresso is in the air
For a beginner RC pilot, the Quadshot is loads of fun. My biggest challenge was controlling drift during light winds.

Here is my third flight with a bit of acrobatics.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X088uaHiKb0&feature=plcp
Since then, I had some spectacular crashes.

Big shout out to the Quadshot team!

-Tom


Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:24 am
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Post Re: Espresso is in the air
Awesome first flight video, maybe don't turn the motors off while over the head of your cameraman ;)

Can't wait to see more videos!
//Jeff

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Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:26 pm
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Post Re: Espresso is in the air
Sweet video! Thanks for that!

Looking forward to more videos. :)

Cheers Esden


Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:40 pm
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Post Re: Espresso is in the air
Wow, this looks like lots of fun - and very agile!

Can you tell us a little bit more about your crashes? Maybe other can learn by your experience.

Looking forward to more videos!

Thx, webman.


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Post Re: Espresso is in the air
My very first crash: it didn't hit the ground so much as fly into a tree and then out the other side. I kept going when Pranay told me to shut it off. A once in a lifetime experience. Do not attempt!

The reason this happened was because I ran out of room in forward flight in Mode 2. If I were to have stayed in Mode 1 I could have released the controls and the QS would have reverted to a hover. I do plan ahead by about one step when flying, but I wanted to execute a split s. This is impossible in Mode 1 and 2, as I soon found out. You have to perform a lateral turn when not in Mode 1 or 2.

...unless you pull straight up, roll 180 degrees when going vertical, then let go of pitch, I think. Gotta try that.

So the lesson is that I ran out of room without knowing how to turn the thing. I thought I could handle it when I couldn't. Start slow or pay for a lot of replacement parts.


Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:21 am
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Post Re: Espresso is in the air
Next lesson learned:

I couldn't figure out if I wanted to fly it with quadscopter or airplane controls. Remember, in Flight Mode 1 and 2 when vertical, the controls are that of a rotary wing. When horizontal, a fixed wing. BUT, in Mode 3, in all orientations the controls are that of a fixed wing. I can barely hover this thing in Mode 3, but I can easily hover a 3D plane. It used to be the other way around.


Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:43 pm
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Post Re: Espresso is in the air
Also, be careful not to reduce the throttle too far in flight. The motors are what control the QS and without them it drops like a rock. It does have the ability to restart in the air but it is risky regardless.


Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:53 pm
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Post Re: Espresso is in the air
I installed an ON/OFF switch and put new motors in place after my last crash.
Here is the first flight in HD. https://vimeo.com/49406296

Things learned:
Stay in MODE 1 for low altitude flights.
Don't do acrobatics near the ground
Have someone else shoot the video.
Drift happens, so go with it and make small adjustments.

I will be installing a GPS module to see if I can make it stay in one place.


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